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DP’s Jude Mbabali joins NUP in pre-election power play

Jude Mbabali

Jude Mbabali

As political parties in Uganda strengthen their ranks in preparation for the 2026 general elections, numerous politicians are strategically aligning themselves to replace incumbent leaders perceived as ineffective.

Recently, Jude Mbabali, the former LC5 chairman of Masaka district and a member of the Democratic Party (DP), shifted his allegiance to the National Unity Platform (NUP). His transition was publicly endorsed by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, who is the president of NUP.

Mbabali’s move mirrors that of other prominent DP members who switched to NUP just before the 2021 elections, including notable figures like Mathias Mpuuga, Betty Nambooze, Medard Sseggona and Waiswa Mufumbiro. This trend underscores a growing pattern of political realignment as leaders seek to consolidate power and influence within Uganda’s dynamic political landscape.

Mbabali is anticipated to contest against Kimanya-Kabonera county MP Abed Bwanika, who has reportedly fallen out with the party leadership over allegations of financial mismanagement. Bwanika asserts that the party has not been transparent about its financial transactions, including the funds it receives from MPs and other undisclosed sources of income.

In a recent interview with The Observer, Mbabali explained his decision to depart from the Democratic Party (DP) in pursuit of advancing his political aspirations. He revealed a longstanding affiliation with DP, rooted in familial ties, but cited the party’s leadership alignment with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) under Norbert Mao as a significant factor prompting his departure.

“I have been a member of the Democratic Party (DP) since birth, as I was born into a DP family. However, I decided to leave my mother party due to its party president, Norbert Mao, aligning with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) while retaining his ties to DP. This dual allegiance prompted my departure. Consequently, I felt more at ease joining the National Unity Platform (NUP),” he said.

Mbabali said NUP is a conducive political platform for his ambitions, emphasizing its openness to accommodating young and capable leaders seeking elective positions. Within NUP, he sees an opportunity to actively engage in politics and contribute to the nation’s development.

“I have visited the party headquarters, and I must say, I was impressed. The organizational structures are highly active, unlike those of the Democratic Party and other political entities. Hence, Kyagulanyi is the figure to rally behind.

“When I observe Kyagulanyi, I see a young, charismatic and steadfast leader, resonating deeply with the younger demographic, who constitute the majority. He possesses a profound understanding of this generation, and it is in that direction we should steer. What he requires from us, as leaders and members of the party, is our unwavering support. With our backing, he has the potential to be an exceptional leader for our nation, a fact he has already demonstrated,” he remarked.

Mbabali emphasized that most political parties, including the NRM, which has held power for the past 38 years, have never erected their headquarters. However, in just three years, Bobi Wine and his associates managed to establish a fully operational party headquarters.

“We still have ample time until the 2026 elections. I prefer to make decisions when the time is right. During my inauguration as a party member at the headquarters, I made it clear to the president and other members that my intention wasn’t to secure a position for the next generation, but rather to serve,” he remarked.

He holds the belief that NUP is poised to seize power soon due to its cadre of youthful, dynamic, and capable leaders, such as the Leader of the Opposition (LoP), Joel Ssenyonyi, and his parliamentary team. They have effectively held the speaker accountable for alleged corruption and financial mismanagement, demonstrating their capability to govern effectively once in power.

He acknowledged that upon his entry into NUP, several members from other political factions expressed interest in joining the party. They have voiced their disappointment at not being informed earlier so that they could make the transition collectively. Mbabali said he would promptly inform the president and the secretary-general about this development.

In contrast, Mbabali hinted at the ongoing rift between the former leader of the opposition, Mathias Mpuuga, and the party. Mpuuga stands accused of colluding with NRM officials to misappropriate a Shs 1.7 billion as a service award, with Mpuuga allegedly taking Shs 500 million, while the other three individuals received Shs 400 million each.

“If Mpuuga indeed committed some wrongs, perhaps he may be vindicated in due course. We’ll have to wait and see. As a newcomer to the party, I am yet to fully understand the details of the situation and am inclined to integrate myself within the party,” he remarked.

He added, “Mpuuga’s insistence that this is his party (NUP), and his determination to continue practicing his politics within it, indicates his confidence in the party’s leadership. Otherwise, he would have distanced himself from it immediately upon facing accusations, which he denies.”

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0 #1 WADADA rogers 2024-05-16 14:30
Oyo Mbabali ayina kyabala
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0 #2 Akot 2024-05-16 16:52
Democratic Party (DP), National Unity (NUP) & all other parties MUST STOP pretending Uganda is a country when it's Rwandese Museveni's family business & continue leading Ugandans to lethal presidential elections that NON of them will win!

Rwandese Museveni has made Uganda his family business, controls every institution, owns tax money he uses to buy even tribal leaders off with!

Museveni will never be replaced by any of the naive opposition leaders through fake presidential elections that only protect him, ensure his lifetime rule, then succession of his son!

All Ugandans need, if they want to be owners of the zone formed by their tribal lands again are;

- Just ONE National Leader,

- NO to the tribalistic system,

- UNITY!

Then & only then, will Ugandans have the power needed to block Museveni & show him way out!...
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0 #3 Akot 2024-05-16 17:00
..Why will 40 yeas of Museveni not be long enough for Democratic Party (DP), National Unity (NUP) & other so called opposition paties & Museveni must be constitutionalised to ensure his 45 years with next fake election?

How many opposition leaders have died, retired, while Museveni rules, will rule?

Museveni already ensured tribal leaders have more money & remain quiet!

How much has he payed these fake opposition leaders to ensure his lifetime rule constitutionally through fake elections?

So called opposition leders are making it clear they can't live without Museveni & are eager to lead Ugandans to nex fake presidential election to ensure he stays on protected constitutionally!

Goodness gracious, why has Uganda got no National Leader to help UNITE the people for Common Cause?
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